What Is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
Posted on 8/22/2022 by Ankur Johri
|Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a branch of dentistry that entails diagnosing, adjunctive and surgical attention to injuries, diseases, and defects entailing aesthetic and functional aspects of soft and hard tissues within the oral and maxillofacial region. To successfully conduct such operations, surgeons must have expertise from multiple backgrounds such as neck and head cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, impacted teeth, facial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, cysts and jaw tumors, and different problems affecting oral membranes such as mouth infections and ulcers.
Dentofacial orthopedics is a subspecialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery dedicated to diagnosing and treating deformities of the jaws, facial bones, and associated structures. The field includes orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery), cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial anomalies, trauma, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), trauma, and dental extractions.
Gum surgery is used to treat gum disease or other problems associated with the gums. Also, symptoms such as bleeding gums, receding gums, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and pain when chewing may be treated with gum surgery.
Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct a problem in the alignment of your upper and lower jaws. This can include correction of a crossbite, overbite, or underbite and facial asymmetry due to jaw injuries or congenital abnormalities.
Dental implants are placed into a person's jawbone to replace missing teeth or support dentures. They can replace individual teeth or entire archways (with several implants). Typically, these implants can last longer than other types of dental work if they are taken care of properly by the patient.
Who Can Get an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
The most common problems leading to such surgical procedures include the oral cavity, facial bones, and associated structures fractures. Other reasons may include chronic dental pain, gum diseases, oral cancer, completely damaged teeth, and trauma to the mouth or jaw.